Northern California got some rain yesterday and the garden loved it! The broody cloud cover just before the rain was an ideal time to admire the zinnia garden and take a few photos. Admiring their vibrant colors and eye-catching display I was reminded of this quote : “So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges
Photo 1: Zinnias and Lavender
Photo 2: Cascade of color
Photo 3: Striking beauty
Photo 4: Pink Zinnia gathering
While taking some photos out in the garden this morning a little butterfly stopped by on the Abelia Grandiflora for a quick drink. A small moment to appreciate the beauty of life and nature.
Photo 1: Abelia Grandiflora in morning light
Photo 2: Little Visitor on Abelia
Photo 3: Taking a sip
Photo 4: Abelia love
I was fortunate enough to know a professional portrait photographer who could make me look good for my head shot in my online testimonial for the British College of Journalism.
Seeing that head shot gave me an idea for a series of the floral variety so here they are. Do you have a favorite?
Photo 1: Two tone Dahlia
Photo 2: Pompom of prettiness
Photo 3: Hibiscus
Photo 4: White Orchid Spray
Red geraniums always remind me of the beautiful window boxes in France. Striking clusters of beauty against the backdrop of brick and mortar.
I purchased a pot of red geraniums to add some color to our yard. Here they are!
Photo 1: A Pot of Red Geraniums
Photo 2: Red Geraniums
Photo 3: Bright and beautiful
Flowers can even make the mundane task of grocery shopping fun. I spotted this delectable bunch of fresh chrysanthemums and they just called out to me to be purchased for some photos!
Photo 1: Pink Chrysanthemums Calling
Photo 2: Pink and pretty
Photo 3: Chrysanthemum bouquet
It’s no surprise that Rudbeckia hirta, more commonly called black-eyed-Susan, is part of the sunflower family. The brightly colored blooms add a spot of brightness to any garden and provide fond memories of Summer.
Photo 1: Black-eyed-Susan Summer dreaming
Photo 2: Black-eyed-Susan bud
Photo 3: Black-eyed-Susan pair
Observing insects on flowers can while away significant portions of my day but it is a joyous pursuit when in produces an image I can connect with. Recently while on vacation near Lake Tahoe in California I was chasing a bee on some Cornflowers and this is what I saw.
Photo 1: Bee and Cornflowers
Photo 2: Bee on Cornflower